Ask Farrell: Why are there so few five-stars in the 2021 class?

There are six new five-star prospects in the 2021 class after many players had senior seasons, while some states have still not started playing football.

The new five-stars are Alabama offensive line commit JC Latham, Alabama linebacker pledge Dallas Turner, LSU defensive back pledge Sage Ryan, Clemson linebacker commit Barrett Carter, Oregon offensive lineman commit Kingsley Suamataia and Wisconsin OL pledge Nolan Rucci.

That is a healthy number of new five-stars considering the entire country isn’t playing high school football, but overall five-star numbers are still down – and could stay that way through National Signing Day.

Last recruiting cycle, there were 35 five-stars. In the 2019 class, there were 30 five-stars. In 2018, there were 33. You get the point: Around 30 or more is the target number for five-star prospects in a recruiting class.

Yet, the 2021 group – even with the six new five-stars – is sitting at just 26 with very limited evaluation opportunities remaining until signing day.